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Blues Festival Guide
Aug 21, 2014
Vol 9/Issue 34
Greetings from your Editor...
Boogie Chillen...

John Lee Hooker, born August 22, 1917, was one of the the major post-war bluesmen that had migrated from the deep South. His first number one hit, "Boogie Chillen" was scored in 1948, yes, 66 years ago. His music became infectious and instantly recognizable and he hooked us with his simple yet hypnotic grooves, and influenced countless artists. As two of his album titles declared, he was Mr. Lucky and still is The Healer. 
The John Lee Hooker Foundation was established by his family in 2001 to provide music and art education to underprivileged, under-recognized and at-risk children. The Foundation "intends to preserve John Lee Hooker’s generous and compassionate spirit and ensure that young people from all walks of life have access to cultural, musical and artistic exposure."
His legacy continues... so in his honor, let's "boogie chillen"... the boogie is "in there and it's gotta come out."
Birthdays of note: Aug 21 Count Basie (1904); Aug 22 John Lee Hooker (1917), Debbie Davies (1952); Aug 24 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905), Wynonie Harris (1915); Aug 26 Jimmy Rushing (1901); Aug 29 Dinah Washington (1924)
Aug 30 Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934)
Your ever-boogieing editor,
If you missed your latest (or any) copy of the Weekly e-Guide, you can find back issues in the Archives here on our website.
Show us your BFG
Send us fave photos with the 2014 BFG Magazine
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Here's New York State festival goers Harlen Mayes (lt), Seth Hohenstein (behind the shirt (!), Maypie Campbell and Ginny.   Photo: Marty Goettsch
*Want a hard copy? Check with your local blues society, look for one at a blues festival or you can find our magazine order info hereStart snapping those pics with the 12th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine!
Find the Digital Edition of the 2014 BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine on our website and enjoy 98 pages jam-packed with blues, news, history, lifestyle and of course, FESTIVALS!
Our 2014 edition is sponsored by the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, held Aug 15-16, 2014, Jackson, MS.
Our Blues Festival Guide Editor Nominated 2014 "Best Blues" by the San Diego Music Awards
We're excited that our Editor Michele Lundeen has been nominated once again for "Best Blues" by the San Diego Music Awards. Nicknamed the "Queen of Steam" for her passionate and energetic delivery, Michele has been performing in the San Diego, California area since 1998 after relocating from Reno, Nevada. We're so proud of Michele and wishing her the best! This is her 11th nomination and we'd love to see her win!
Please cast your vote here. You can vote daily until September 16 (PDT).
Thanks,  Kaati BFG Publisher
CD & DVD Releases
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado ::
Too Many Roads is the natural next step for Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado. Not just because faithful fans will buy it, but also because it reflects the artistic ambitions, the song writing, and the band’s development as a whole. “The songs work better than ever,” says Risager, “and the sound is the best we’ve had so far.” For this latest recording the band assembled a strong team for its recording session at the Medley Studio in Copenhagen, with Søren Andersen as engineer and Jesper Yebo Reginal in charge of mixing. This time the band has chosen to produce the album itself.
Click to play"If You Wanna Leave"
Brent Johnson :: SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
New Orleans-based blues/rock guitarist Brent Johnson debut album, Set the World on Fire features his road-tested band of Bill Blok (bass, backing vocals), John Perkins (drums) and Wayne Lohr (keyboards), along with special guest guitarists Alvin Youngblood Hart, who adds his scintillating touch on three tracks, and legendary slide master Sonny Landreth on one song. Set the World on Fire was produced by Brent Johnson and recorded/mixed by Ben Lorio at The Music Shed in New Orleans.“My sound is rooted in the blues, though I don’t pretend to be a purist, and I don’t want to be,” Johnson explains
Click to play"Don't Make A Sound" 
News Flash
Eric Burdon to Perform at San Diego Blues Festival
http://www.sdbluesfest.comSixteen exciting acts are lined up for the fourth annual San Diego Blues Festival, which will be held Sept. 6-7 on the downtown San Diego, California, waterfront. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Headliners are Eric Burdon & the Animals, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Elvin Bishop and Blues Hall of Famer Lazy Lester. Others include John Primer, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Earl Thomas & the Rhumboogies and Candye Kane.
Tickets for the event are priced at $20 per day, or $30 for the two days. Tickets are available online at
Gary Clark Jr. and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to Headline Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, Sept 20 & 21
(Guerneville, CA) - Omega Events is proud to announce details of the 38th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival at Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville, CA on September 20 & 21, 2014. Headlining the festival this year will be performers Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Boney James & Larry Graham & Graham Central Station along with Goapele, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Ana Popovic, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Beso Negro, Davina & The Vagabonds, and Mitch Woods.

For the last 38 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries.
Tony Mart Presents Blues & Rock Free CDRA Music Summer Concerts at Atlantic City, New Jersey
(Atlantic City, NJ) – Tony Mart presents the free and open to the public Mardi Gras AC CRDA Summer Concerts series featuring three New Orleans rhythm & blues and roots-rock concerts on Mondays, 7pm, at Kennedy Plaza on the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey. This lineup includes Tab Benoit August 18, and Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Grammy winning Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, August 25. On September 8 it’s world renowned guitarist singer/songwriter, Coco Montoya, plus special guest Johnny Sansone and his band. 
Find band and tour details here
Daytona Beach, FL - Daytona Blues Festival, October 10-12, Announces Lineup
The Fifth Annual Daytona Blues Festival returns to historic Jackie Robinson Ball Park, Downtown Daytona Beach, on October 10, 11 and 12, 2014. This year's exciting line up combines the best rising blues stars with the greatest established talent. With music starting at 1:00 pm daily and running until 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 8:30 pm Sunday, this is a weekend so packed full of world class blues it can't be missed.
Friday starts with IBC solo runner-up Lucious Spiller, with his blazing guitar work, his room-filling vocals, his self-defined blues style, and his boundless energy. Read more details and see photos here
1st Annual New Blues Festival Brings Blues Back to Long Beach Aug 31
Long Beach, CA -
The First Annual New Blues Festival, more than anything else, is bringing the Blues back to Long Beach in a big way - back where they belong!
The New Blues Festival takes place on Sunday, August 31 (Labor Day Weekend), at POA (Police Officers Association) Park, 7390 E. Carson St., Long Beach. 10am-10pm.
Tickets priced at $20. (children 12 and under, free). Purchase tickets now at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ (six locations).
Info: (562) 762-8317 or visit
IMP & BLENZ Internet Radio Dedicated to Indie Artists
The BLENZ, owned and operated by Pete Unstead, is one of the first stations in New Zealand to air an Indie artist on FM radio. Now a dedicated Indie radio station, they’re playing Indie music 24/7 with featured shows like The Best Of Indie and Indie Blues which showcase new artists each weekend. Because of the huge support from international listeners and Indie artists, the pull towards Indie Blues and its many associated genres, has convinced Pete to move The BLENZ into a mainstream Indie radio station that will now move away from pop.

It all started 2 years ago when New Zealand music lover, Wayne Blackwell, decided to contact local radio stations there...
Recording Academy finishing up their submission process
Members of The Recording Academy are finishing up their submission process. The 57th Grammy Awards Online Entry Process is for recordings commercially released from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014.
For more information, check out their FAQ page
Last Notice about the August 28 Video Premiere of the 35th Blues Music Awards & Pre-celebration Getogether
Ardent Studios and The Blues Foundation have teamed up to produce a 90 minute program highlighting the best moments from this year's Blues Music Awards. Witness the world premiere of the 35th Blues Music Awards telecast at Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104), August 28th at 7:30pm. The television broadcast will be presented by WKNO-Memphis for national distribution to PBS stations later this year. Seating is limited. Email your name to Viewing is free but donations are accepted. The DVD release, featuring additional performances and paired with an audio CD from the live show, will be available for purchase soon at  Pre-orders will be taken at this event!
Please join us at Ardent Studios (2000 Madison Ave, 38104) at 6 PM for a pre-celebration with appetizers and beverages before making your way down the street to the theater.
 Thanks!  Your friends at The Blues Foundation & Ardent Studios
Blues Society News
Natchel Blues Network presents Blues at the Beach Festival
Presented by the Natchel Blues Network, Blues at the Beach Festival returns September 5-6 at the 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tickets are only $5 or $8 for both days and avaialbe at the gate. Local, regional and nationally-recognized Blues acts will share the stage for a riveting and heartfelt tribute to the sights, sounds, and soul of the American experience. Instrumental workshops led by Natchel’ Blues Network personnel and festival performers plus a Blues Dance Workshop are offered free to attendees. Rain or shine! (click on image to enlarge)
Prebook #25 2015 Oct "Big Easy Fantasy" NOW!
Prebook #26 Jan 2016 "Eastern Caribbean" begins Sept 17


Prebook now for the LRBC 25 "Big Easy Fantasy" Oct 24-31, 2015. Go Bluesin’ with 20 plus bands and 1800 of your closest music friends from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West (Fantasy Fest Finale), New Orleans, LA, and Cozumel, MX on the Holland America ms Westerdam. Need help?: Email 
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 313 Lawrence Ave., Kansas City, MO
Reservations & info: or 816-753-7979 | 888-BLUESIN'
More Than A Cruise... More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Foundation News
~ BMA Nomination Process Open ~ New Auction Item Here
~ HOF Donor Wall Deadline Aug 30
~ 2015 BMA CD Nomination Process Open: The three-step 36th Blues Music Awards nomination procedure is set forth here. Steps 2 and 3 are a little different this year as they have been altered to work with the new website. If you have released a CD since November 1, 2013, please enter it now. Read more
~ New auction item: The BF has another autographed LP this month to auction: Bad Company's Run With The Pack signed by lead singer Paul Rodgers. Paul signed this album specifically to raise funds for The Blues Foundation. Paul is donating proceeds from his latest release The Royal Sessions to the Stax Music Academy so in keeping with his generosity, we will assign all proceeds from this albums to our own Generation Blues youth music scholarship program. The winning bidder will get a great rock artifact and some young blues performer will get to go to camp next summer. Click HERE to bid NOW!

~ Blues Hall of Fame Donor Wall List Deadline Aug 30

August 30 will be the last day to make a pledge or donation that will get your name on the List of Donors in the Blues Hall of Fame. Names are to set to be “in stone” by September 1, 2014 … Read more...
Elwood's BluesMobile
Aug 23-24 Radio Show: BOOKER T

Booker T. Jones is a nice fellow, and one of the giants of popular music. He began as a teenager and helped shape the sound of Stax Records. Not content with being a mover and shaker in the golden age of R&B, Booker T. went on to become a solo artist, songwriter, producer, and legend. Still bringing us great music here in the 21st Century.
The great Booker T. Next time in the Bluesmobile.

For a list of stations where you can find BluesMobile Radio Click Here
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Festival Calendar
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Not all upcoming blues festivals
are listed here due to space.
For a complete list see our comprehensive website.
Thursday - Saturday
Aug-21-2014 - Aug-23-2014
Morgantown, Indiana, USA
Thursday - Sunday
Aug-21-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Tris-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
East Tawas, Michigan, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-22-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Nanaimo, Canada
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-23-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Barstow, Maryland, USA
York, Pennsylvania, USA
Saint Marys, Ohio, USA
Aug-23-2014, Woburn
Massachusetts, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-23-2014 - Aug-24-2014
Barstow, Maryland, USA
Aug-29-2014, West Point
Mississippi, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Friday - Sunday
Aug-29-2014 - Aug-31-2014
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
West Helena, Arkansas, USA
Newton, Iowa, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-30-2014 - Aug-31-2014
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Saturday - Sunday
Aug-30-2014 - Aug 31-2014
Westport, Connecticut USA
Long Beach, California, USA
Saturday - Monday
Aug-30-2014 - Sep-01-2014
Seattle, Washington, USA
Sunday - Thursday
Aug-31-2014 - Sep-04-2014
Marseille, France
Friday -Saturday
Sep-5-2014 - Sep-6- 2014
Virginia Beach, VA
Saturday - Sunday
Sep-06-2014 - Sep-07-2014
San Diego, California, USA
Sebastopol, California, USA
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